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Hospitalist Joins Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center introduces new hospitalist Andrew Ralls, DO, as a Saint Francis Medical Partner. He joins 13 other hospitalists who provide care to hospitalized patients. Dr. Ralls, a Cape Girardeau native and Southeast Missouri State University graduate, earned his medical degree from Edward Via College... Read more

Surgeon Joins Trauma Center

Joseph M. McClain, MD, MS, FACS Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to introduce Joseph M. McClain, MD, MS, FACS, as a new Medical Partner and trauma surgeon at Cape Trauma Specialists. McClain, who is board certified in both general and thoracic surgery, at the Emergency and Trauma Center, the region’s only... Read more

Ameren Missouri Rewards Saint Francis for Energy Efficiency

Saint Francis Medical Center has completed its 26th energy efficiency project in three years working in partnership with Ameren Missouri’s energy efficiency program. Ameren Missouri awarded Saint Francis $281,195 in cash incentives for the energy efficiency improvements. The Medical Center’s "Building on Excellence" expansion and renovation project... Read more

Saint Francis Names Reese New EVP/COO

Saint Francis Healthcare System announced today that Maryann Reese, DHA, MHA, RN, FACHE, has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO). In her new role, Reese will be actively involved in leading the development of programs and services that strengthen... Read more

Patient Tower Now Open

After more than 42 months of planning, Saint Francis Medical Center opened its new five-story patient tower on July 1. Saint Francis broke ground on the $127 million expansion and renovation project, “Building on Excellence,” (BOE) on November 28, 2012. The project adds more than 234,000 square... Read more

Saint Francis Names New IS Director

Gene Magnus has been promoted to director of Information Systems at Saint Francis Medical Center. In this position, he will be responsible for all of Saint Francis’ application software systems, including the new, system-wide Epic electronic medical record. Magnus started Saint Francis in 2010 as a senior... Read more

Saint Francis Adds Two Hospitalists

Saint Francis Medical Center welcomes hospitalists Gretchen E. Price, DO, and Michael S. Flaim, DO, as new Saint Francis Medical Partners. They join 11 other hospitalists who provide dedicated care to hospitalized patients at the Medical Center. The two are also a husband-and-wife team. Gretchen E. Price,... Read more

Saint Francis Named Level II Stroke Center

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Level II Stroke Center designation, the newest component of the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The statewide TCD brings together the 911-response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a coordinated way... Read more

Fitness Plus to Host Indoor Triathlon

Area residents can test their endurance at the tenth annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 7. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride on... Read more

Saint Francis Now UnitedHealthcare Provider

Missouri residents enrolled in select UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual plans now have expanded in-network access to care at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. These plans include UnitedHealthcare's Choice POS and Options PPO. Saint Francis Healthcare System offers services to more than 715,000 people in Missouri,... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby Of 2015

2015 New Year Baby_web Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2015. At 3:54 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud mother Carolyn Shane of Marble Hill, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Kimberly K. Roos,... Read more

Dr. Diemer Named Vice President of Quality

Thomas S. Diemer, MD Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas S. Diemer, MD, to the Executive Team. Diemer has accepted the newly created role of Vice President of Quality, effective January 1, 2015. As Vice President of Quality, Diemer will be responsible for Case Management,... Read more

Saint Francis Adds Respected Poplar Bluff Neurologist

Shahid K. Choudhary, MD Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to welcome respected neurologist Shahid K. Choudhary, MD, of the newly formed Poplar Bluff Neurology Specialists as a new Medical Partner. This well-known specialist, who has been helping neurology patients in Poplar Bluff for more than 21 years, will be... Read more

Piedmont Family Practice Physician Joins Saint Francis

D. Andrew Gayle, MD Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to welcome Andy Gayle, MD, of the new Piedmont Physician Associates practice as Medical Partners. This respected family practice physician will officially join the Medical Center on January 1, 2015. Dr. Gayle earned his medical degree and later completed his family... Read more

Heart Hospital Accredited as Chest Pain Center with PCI

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital has again received full accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Saint Francis was first accredited in 2009. The reaccreditation is valid for three years. Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of... Read more

Emergency, Trauma Center Reaccredited

Saint Francis Medical Center has been reaccredited as the region’s only Level III Trauma Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Unit of Emergency Medical Services. Trauma centers are hospitals with resources immediately available to provide efficient nursing and medical care as well as... Read more

Community Kicks Off Pink Up with a Bang

Saint Francis Medical Center kicked off its annual Pink Up breast cancer awareness campaign with a bang on Wednesday night. More than 1,000 guests, including breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters, gathered at the Medical Center’s Cancer Institute for food, entertainment and shopping, all benefitting... Read more

Wilferth Named Executive Director of Saint Francis Foundation

James “Jimmy” Wilferth has been named executive director of Saint Francis Foundation, the fundraising arm of Saint Francis Medical Center. His responsibilities include the management of the development team, building relationships with both the Foundation and The Friends of Saint Francis Boards of Directors, increasing the Foundation’s... Read more


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